This issue was about individuals and the targets were specific. This was something personal.Thailand’s national police chief, Gen. Prewpan Dhamapong • Discussing recent attacks committed by Iranians in his country. Here’s the big reveal: They now “know for certain that (the target) was Israeli diplomats.” This bolsters Israel’s evidence that a series of diplomatic attacks earlier this week might’ve been tied to Iran.
With fragmentation, core al-Qaeda will likely be of largely symbolic importance to the movement. Regional groups, and to a lesser extent small cells and individuals, will drive the global jihad agenda both within the United States and abroad.Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper • Suggesting that the days of al-Qaeda being a relevant centralized group are over, while emphasizing their long-term relevance. Clapper also had some tough words about Iran worth heeding: Citing an attack on a Saudi ambassador to the U.S. last year, he says that “some Iranian officials — probably including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei — have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime.” He’s suggesting that Iran’s not afraid of attacking inside the U.S. That’s a big deal, guys.
I want to categorically deny any United States involvement in any kind of act of violence inside Iran. We believe there has to be an understanding between Iran, its neighbors and the international community that finds a way forward for it to end its provocative behavior, end its search for nuclear weapons and rejoin the international community and be a productive member of it.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton • Defending the U.S. from allegations that they were behind a bombing that led to the death of an Iranian nuclear scientist. Despite this claim, the Iranian government pointed its finger at Israel and the U.S., saying they placed a magnetic bomb on Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan’s vehicle. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, declined making a statement on the bombing; many diplomats and analysts in Washington feel that Israel may be behind the series of covert killings of prominent Iranian nuclear scientists over the past two years. No matter whether the U.S. is involved, the attacks are nonetheless ratcheting up tensions between Iran and the West at a tough time for said tension. source (via • follow)